Fire in the Gironde: its spread slowed down at night, 3,500 hectares burned – Science et Avenir

“In the evening and at night another 300 hectares burned down. The new houses are not destroyed,” the prefecture of Neue-Aquitaine tweeted about this new disaster in a department already hit by major fires this summer (nearly 30,000 hectares burned in La Teste). de Buch and Landiras). Eric Brocardi, spokesman for the French National Federation of Firefighters, expressed “a little optimism” Wednesday morning on the Franceinfo website, adding: “We are dealing with a fire that lasts over time.”


4 houses burned down in the fire

A week before the national congress of firefighters in Nancy, he also raised the issue of positioning “air assets and ground assets, such as forest fire tankers, (which) basically constituted the armament of the south of France and allowed to shine on the Mediterranean coast” in the face of the threat that now refers to “the entire territory”. Three Canadair helicopters, two Dash helicopters and three water bomber helicopters were scheduled to resume their rotation on Wednesday morning in Saumos to try to control the blaze with the support of more than 900 firefighters mobilized from across the country.

The fire burned four houses, even if those losses could have been “perhaps less significant,” according to Prefect of the Gironde Fabien Buccio, and 840 people had to be evacuated on Monday and Tuesday in Somoza and in the neighboring city of Sainte-Hélène, in this area of ​​southern France. Medoc, located between the seaside resort of Lacanau on the Atlantic coast and the urban area of ​​Bordeaux.

Aerial view of the Saumos fire in the Gironde provided by the Fire and Rescue Department (SDIS 33) September 13, 2022 (SDIS/AFP – Handout)

Privileged criminal trail

“Most of them were taken in by their families in other cities, with friends, in local lodges,” Lionel Montillo, the mayor of St. Helene, where 20 houses were evacuated and one burned down, said Tuesday. Others were taken care of by volunteers in the village administration. Local residents came to the aid of firefighters. “You have to try everything for everything, you have to be able to handle even a shovel or a shoe, a branch. We always manage to do something,” lumberjack Pierre, 25, told AFP on Tuesday. An investigation into the fire has been launched.

Residents help firefighters put out a fire in Somoza, the Gironde, September 13, 2022 (AFP - PHILIPPE LOPEZ)Residents help firefighters put out a fire in Somoza, Gironde, September 13, 2022 (AFP – PHILIPPE LOPEZ)

“None of the traces are excluded, even if the criminal thesis is privileged,” the Bordeaux prosecutor’s office told AFP on Tuesday afternoon. At the end of August, a 19-year-old student volunteer firefighter in the Gironde was charged and jailed for “destruction by fire” suspected of 31 fires in the north of the Medoc. This new fire came amid extreme heat, with a monthly record (37.5 degrees) recorded in Bordeaux on Monday, which, according to Météo-France, was unheard of in September since 1987. It also brings sad memories to the inhabitants: a gigantic fire, the largest since the post-war period, devastated in July 1989, just a few kilometers from the current fire, more than 3,500 hectares between Lacano and Le Porget.

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